Sam took her first web design class in 1995, the summer before her 7th grade year. Through high school, she spent her down-time updating a hand-coded, HTML calendar and developing her first website was on Geocities. Macs were laughed at. Internet Explorer was boss. CSS didn’t exist.
Sam started her career at the University of Arkansas in Architecture. While she loved the technical drawing and the precision, she got tired of drawing buildings all the time. Sam explored Psychology, Spanish, and Music before landing on Design & Photography. She graduated with a BA in Graphic Design, Web Design, and Photography.
From Arkansas, Sam found her way to Austin, Texas. In Austin, she worked for a couple start-ups where she learned marketing and website strategy and WordPress. The book Design Is a Job by Mike Monteiro changed her life. It spoke of design as more than a service; It spoke of design as a problem-solving partnership between the client and the designer.
After a layoff in 2013, Sam needed a break from the corporate world and followed her passion to becoming a barista at Cuvee Coffee. A year as a barista gave Sam the break and energy needed to start Design It Please in 2015. She lived and worked in Austin until 2017 when she decided to travel the world and be a digital nomad. Ten months and many countries later, Sam found herself in possession of an artist visa in Berlin, Germany. She built a home in Berlin for four years and learned so much about cultures, design, business, and herself.
In 2021, Sam was accepted to the first Ascend WV cohort and moved to Morgantown, WV in October of that year.
When she’s not working, you can find her baking, riding her bike, jamming with her band, or camping with her teardrop trailer, Betty White.